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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
December 17, 2014

Almost 25 years ago, Charles Jenkins made a vow to turn his life around.

Charles went on to become one of the longest serving community leaders at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. And whenever he can include her, the devoted father brings along his youngest child, Charlese.

"When she asks if she can come 
along, or I have something I need to do and we're together, I bring her along and she likes it,” he said, smiling.

Charlese, now 11, accompanied her dad at rallies for our affordable housing campaign, Sweet Home Chicago. They attend some meetings together during summer vacation. Read more.

Thank you for your support in 2014. Through online advocacy, social media, and your donations, your support makes our work effective.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless does not accept government funds. Individual donations of all sizes provided 42% of our operating revenue this past year. Please consider a tax-deductible, year-end donation to support our work in 2015.
With your help, CCH can maintain monthly outreach in 35 Chicago shelters and drop-in centers, and organize in nine other Illinois communities, including Aurora, Rockford and Waukegan.
Continue effective advocacy on behalf of people across Illinois who are homeless or at-risk. Offer legal aid that last year helped 289 children and teens access school, shelter and basic services.
Your support makes a difference.

As part of the Every Child in School, Every Day school outreach project, Chase Bank volunteers partnered with our Law Project to host a holiday party and theatre outing for students from Chicago’s Prosser and Tilden high schools.

The party is among many events hosted throughout the year for the Law Project initiative, Every Child in School, Every Day. The outreach project encourages school enrollment for homeless and at-risk teenagers in Chicago. Half of the Law Project’s caseload is on behalf of homeless students seeking access to school and school services in metropolitan Chicago. Read more.

Read about our work and community leaders in these recent media reports:

Pew Charitable Trusts Stateline: 'Invisible' homeless kids challenge states

Southtown Star, Phil Kadner: Illinois's needy to be hurt

In mid-November, CCH welcomed its newest staff member, Policy Fellow Jonathan Holmes.

In his first three weeks, Jonathan made two trips to Springfield, working with Policy Specialist Jennifer Cushman and 140 CCH community leaders in advocating for the minimum wage and homeless shelter/program funding.

We asked Jonathan to introduce himself. Read his introduction.

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